Definition of anisette in English:



  • A liqueur flavored with aniseed.

    • ‘A mixture of mushroom, snow peas, pumpkins, carrots, turnips and then I put it with honey, anisette, salt, pepper and put it in the oven.’
    • ‘A number of licorice - flavored liqueurs such as anisette, pastis and ouzo are made with anise seed.’
    • ‘This deliciously deep fried pastry has dates, orange and lemon extract, anisette, chopped nuts, orange rind, and lemon rind.’
    • ‘You can sip an anisette in the Caffè Meletti, a beautifully restored fin-de-siècle restaurant, with your view of the square unobstructed by sweating tourists.’
    • ‘Rakl, a drink similar to anisette, is often consumed as an alternative to wine.’
    • ‘Both have a clean, bright and transparent colour with an intense, delicate and pure anisette aroma and concentrated anisette taste.’


Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of anis (see anise).